Hong Kong

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My parents moved to Hong Kong in the late 1970’s, before the MTR was open (imagine!) and the route to Shatin was a one track dirt road… Initially for a two year contract they stayed almost thirty years.

I came along a few years later and spent my early life & teens on the South Side of Hong Kong Island. Even that little enclave of Hong Kong was very different then to how it is now.

After Uni I settled (loose use of the term) in London for 12 years before moving back here in October 2017. I spend most of my free weekends exploring Hong Kong; the urban, and the rural – it’s so damn beautiful & interesting.

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Hong Kong is roughly 75% countryside, and even the main towns seem like their own little cities with differing histories & atmospheres. Despite feeling like I know Hong Kong like the back of my hand (perhaps more so!) it constantly continues to surprise me with its quirkiness, beauty, and warmth; put a smile out there.. see what you get back! Below are just a few blogs I’ve written about some of my favourite experiences.

I also wrote a post about my first few weeks of landing back in the Hong Kong Homeland. 

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New Territories 

Abandoned Hakka villages Hiking/walking (depending on where you end the trail!) A really beautiful & interesting trail through Luk Keng, Kuk Po, Fung Hang, Yung Shue Au, So Lo Pun & Lai Chi Wo

Tai Wai – Tai Mei Tuk  Cycling: Flat, diverse & well signposted 20km route. My favourite pedal so far!

Yuen Long Villages Cycling through farmlands & villages in the Northwest New Territories

Walled villages & farmlands  Cycling around Sheung Shui, Fan Ling & Sha Tau Kok; villages in the Northeast New Territories

Sharp Island & Tap Mun/Grass Island  Sai Kung – Walking, exploring & swimming!

Tai Po Market Walk around one of Hong Kong’s most interesting historical areas

Scuba Diving in Hong Kong. Yes you can, and it’s better than you think!

Lion Rock – Written by my friend Barbara. We met through this article I after I found it online and got in touch! This route cuts out the long boring walk from Wong Tai Sin Temple. She also runs Yoga B practicing in Yau Ma Tei. I absolutely love, and recommend her classes, focusing on all aspects of Yoga. Come join!

Hong Kong Island 

Okay, so I’ve done a lot of exploring on the Island.. I guess I should write about it! In the meantime there’s a wealth of info on the net.. I would recommend the following hikes! (google is your friend)

Dragons Back

Violet Hill/The Twins

Sir Cecil’s Ride

The Peak (walk to it!)

Outlying Islands 

Same as above!

Tai O Fishing Village (Lantau)

Cheung Chau <– GO GO GO!!

Peng Chau

Interview in May 2017 with Melissa at Intentional Expat

Given my imminent move back to HK it was fascinating answering questions that forced me to delve back into my teens and how I first felt arriving in the UK, how I adapted and what I thought about this island and its inhabitants…

I also did a short interview with Third Culture